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2008 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

(posted October 31, 2008; updated December 19, 2008)

The 2008 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference was held August 30 – September 3 in Prague, Czech Republic. Approximately 2,100 participants from more than 70 countries attended this international conference. The program consisted of a variety of session formats, including workshops, specialized courses, short communications, and posters. The beautiful city of Prague provided an engaging setting for this well-regarded conference on international medical education issues and research.

FAIMER staff participated as faculty in courses and presented FAIMER research in various sessions. John Norcini spoke on assessment as part of the large-session panel “Introduction to medical education.” Dr. Norcini also co-conducted two workshops; “Mini-CEX: implementation of a method for observation and feedback in postgraduate training” and “Medical education databases.” William Burdick participated as faculty in the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) course, and presented a short communication entitled “Qualitative analysis of tools acquired in an international education leadership program.” John Boulet co-conducted the Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) course, and co-presented the workshop “Setting defensible standards on performance-based exercises.” FAIMER-related research presentations included Danette McKinley’s poster “Medical school expansion in Europe” and Marta van Zanten’s short communication “Variability of accreditation processes throughout the world.”

Numerous FAIMER Fellows were also in attendance and many presented their projects and research to the international AMEE audience.

Following is a list of activities in which FAIMER staff (bold black font), FAIMER Fellows (bold blue font), and Fellows from the former IFME program (bold purple font) participated.

Courses

Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Assessment Course: A course aimed at participants new to assessment who wish to gain a general understanding and basic skills in assessment
M. Brownell Anderson, Kathy Boursicot, William Burdick, Richard Fuller, Andrew Hassell, Brian Hodges, Stewart Mennin, Charlotte Ringsted, Trudie Roberts, Albert Scherpbier, Sydney Smee

Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME)
John (Jack) Boulet, Ph.D., Ann King, M.A., Dale Dauphinee, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., André F. DeChamplain, Ph.D., Tony LaDuca, Ph.D., Ingrid Philibert, Ph.D., Lesley Southgate D.B.E., D.Sc., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.G.P., David B. Swanson, Ph.D.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Mini-CEX: implementation of a method for observation and feedback in postgraduate training
John Norcini and C.R.M.G. Fluit

Workshop

Medical education databases
M. Brownell Anderson, John J. Norcini

Setting defensible standards on performance-based exercises
Thomas Rebbecchi, John Boulet

Large Group Session

Introduction to medical education
Larry Gruppen, Yvonne Steinert, John Norcini, John Bligh

Short Communication

A community of practice for educators: journey’s start
J. Bezuidenhout, Gert Young

The effect of curriculum change in Ankara University School of Medicine on fifth year students’ empathy scores
Ipek Gonullu, Fulya Dokmeci

Teaching EBM skills at undergraduate level in a Pakistani Medical School
Mobeen Iqbal

Male and female students and graduate perceptions and experiences of the practice of Medicine: Preliminary findings from the United Arab Emirates and South Africa
Michelle McLean, Susan B. Higgins-Opitz, Jacqueline van Wyk, Kogie Moodley, Soornarain S. Naidoo

The impact of summative assessment of theory on how medical students learn
F. Cilliers, L. Schuwirth, H. Adendorff, E. Bitzer, N. Herman, C. van der Vleuten

The effect of including clinical structured assessement on a Brazilian residency selection exam
E. M. Amaral, A. M. B. Zeferino, S. M. R. R. Passeri, M. A. Ribeiro-Alves, J. B. C. Carvalheira

Adapting a US university e-learning system for an Indian medical school: team building through student ambassadors
Anand Zachariah, P. Manuel Raj, Susan Albright, William Grandin, Alok Anand, Harris Berman, Mary Y. Lee

Qualitative analysis of tools acquired in an international education leadership program
William Burdick, Debby Diserens, Summers Kalishman, Stewart Mennin, Maryann Eklund, Page Morahan

Addressing concerns of migrating physicians: a web-based network
Gerald Whelan, Danette McKinley, Marta van Zanten, Amy Opalek

Variability of accreditation processes throughout the world
Marta van Zanten, John R. Boulet, Frank Simon

Improving OSCE examiner skills and behaviour in a Malaysian medical school
C. P. L. Tan, P. Rokiah, F. A. A. Yang, V. Anusya

Facilitating student learning on ward rounds
Vanessa C. Burch, Linda de Villiers

Predicting student performance in the first year of a medical curriculum using neural network analysis
Ben van Heerden, Chris Aldrich, Alten du Plessis, Gorden Jemwa, Rita de Jager, Alwyn Louw

Posters

Student perspectives of assessment by TEMM model in physiology
Reem Rachel Abraham, Subramanya Upadhya, Sharmila Torke, K. Ramnarayan

Objective structured portfolio assessment for Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Course at Ankara University School of Medicine
Fulya Dokmeci, Meral Demiroren, Mehmet Ozen, Ipek Gonullu, Aysen M. A. Kosan, M. Fevzi Atacanli, Harun Balcioglu

Medical school expansion in Europe
Danette McKinley, Carole Bede, Amy Opalek, Onyebuchi A. Arah, John Boulet

The Medical Instructional Questionnaire used in the quality of South African medical education
M. I. W. van Huyssteen, J. J. Blitz (presented by David Cameron)

A project on computer-based case simulation for clinical years of medical education
Yucel Gursel, Berna Musal, Cahit Taskiran, Oya Itil, Oguz Kilinc, Murat Yazicioglu, Hakan Abacioglu

Perception of physicians and medical students on common ethical dilemmas in a Pakistani Medical Institute
Bushra Khizar, Mobeen Iqbal

Introducing personal and professional development to undergraduate education: an experience from Ankara University School of Medicine
Fulya Dokmeci, Meral Demiroren, Mehmet Ozen, Ipek Gonullu, Aysen M. A. Kosan, M. Fevzi Atacanli, Harun Balcioglu

Preparatory course of PBL in a medical school
Jing-Jane Tsai, Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai, Chyi-Her Lin

Academic staff’s action learning for curriculum improvement
J. J. Blitz, D. A. Cameron, J. F. M. Hugo, M. van Rooyen, L. Wolvaardt

Evaluation of the competencies incorporation in our outcomes oriented curriculum
Valentin Muntean

Performance-based assessment of third year medical students in Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine (DEUSM)
Berna Musal, Cahit Taskiran, Sema Ozan, Yucel Gursel, Sevgi Timbil, Serpil Velipasaoglu

Ethics at home visit in the Family Health Program at Marilia Medical School: families’ point of view
Daniel Grossi Marconi, Paulo Marcondes Carvalho Junior, Paula Marquez Guimarães, Maria Yvette de Aguiar Dutra Moravcik

Assessment of clinical work in student internship rotations: what’s going on?
G. E. Pickworth, M. van Rooyen, T. J. Avenant

The DREEM in Zambia
Julie Schurgers, Lastina Lwatula

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Brazilian Medical Education Congress

(posted December 15, 2008)
Brazil FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty
Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty at the 2008 Brazilian Medical Education Congress.
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Forty FAIMER Fellows and nine FAIMER faculty participated in the Brazilian Medical Education Congress, held October 18-21 in Salvador, Brazil. Eliana Amaral (PHIL 2003), Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, reports that FAIMER Fellows presented 66 posters and 34 oral communications, representing nearly 9% and 15% of the totals respectively, despite the fact that the FAIMER group represented less than 2% of the total participants in the Congress. FAIMER Fellows also served as reviewers for poster sessions and some Fellows were elected to serve as coordinators of four (out of eight) regional offices for the Brazilian Association on Medical Education.

In conjunction with the Congress, a Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute meeting was held. Eliana notes that the meeting was successful not only in “bringing the group together,” but also in “stimulating potential candidates for the Regional as well as the Philadelphia Institute.” Participants in the meeting included the Brazilian Manager of the Pan American Health Organization and a representative from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, partners for the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Their participation helped raise awareness for faculty development issues and the role of FAIMER initiatives at a national level.

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2008 Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges

(posted November 26, 2008)

The 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) took place in San Antonio, Texas, October 31-November 5. FAIMER participated in the Innovations in Medical Education and Commercial Exhibits as a non-profit exhibitor. In addition, following is a list of courses and sessions in which FAIMER staff (bold black font) and FAIMER Fellows (bold blue font) participated as speakers and/or contributed as authors.

Course

Fundamentals of Assessment Medical Education (FAME) Course
This introductory assessment course was offered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and FAIMER, in collaboration with the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA).

Research in Medical Education (RIME) Research Paper Presentations: Evaluating Educational Programs

Medical Education in the Caribbean: Variability in Medical School Programs and Performance of Graduates
Marta van Zanten, M.Ed., John R. Boulet, Ph.D.

RIME Research Paper Presentations: Learner Needs and Environments

International Exchange Programs and U.S. Medical Schools
Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D., Shirley R. Williams, B.B.A., John J. Norcini, Ph.D., M. Brownell Anderson, M.Ed., AAMC

RIME Symposium Presentation

Measuring Simulation-based Medical Education Outcomes
William C. McGaghie, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Moderator), John R. Boulet, Ph.D., and Carla M. Pugh, M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Discussants)

Sessions

GEA FAIMER Session – FAIMER: An International Model for Faculty Development
John J. Norcini, Ph.D. (Moderator), Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D., Universidad Estadual de Campinas, William P. Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., Ara Tekian, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, James Scott, M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine (Speakers)

ECFMG and FAIMER Session – Enhancing International Medical Education: The Contributions of U.S. Institutions
James A. Hallock, M.D., ECFMG, John J. Norcini, Ph.D., Stephen S. Seeling, J.D., ECFMG, M. Brownell Anderson, M.Ed., AAMC, Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D., Universidad Estadual de Campinas, Donald E. Melnick, M.D., NBME, Karen Novielli, M.D., Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (Speakers)

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FAIMER Articles in Education for Health

(posted November 26, 2008)

Education for Health (EfH), the peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health, recently publicized the top five most frequently visited articles published in the journal in 2007. Two of the articles were authored by FAIMER staff and FAIMER Institute Fellows. The top five articles, listed in descending order by number of “hits,” were:

Application of the Health Belief Model for Osteoporosis Prevention among Middle School Girl Students, Garmsar, Iran
S.M. Hazavehei, M.H. Taghdisi, M. Saidi

Capacity Building in Medical Education and Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: the Missing Link
W.P. Burdick, P.S. Morahan, J.J. Norcini

Research on Medical Migration from Sub-Saharan Medical Schools: Usefulness of a Feasibility Process to Define Barriers to Data Collection and Develop a Practical Study
A. Longombe (PHIL 2003), V. Burch (PHIL 2001), S. Luboga (PHIL 2003), C. Mkony (PHIL 2003), E. Olapade-Olaopa (PHIL 2002), B. Otieno-Nyunya (PHIL 2001), B. Afolabi (PHIL 2002), E. Nwobodo (PHIL 2004), S. Kiguli (PHIL 2004), W.P. Burdick, J.R. Boulet, P.S. Morahan

Gender Sensitization among Health Providers and Communities through Transformative Learning Tools: Experiences from Karachi, Pakistan
B.T. Shaikh, S. Reza, M. Afzal, F. Rabbani

DREEM and beyond; studies of the educational environment as a means for its enhancement
S.R. Whittle, B. Whelan, D.G. Murdoch-Eaton

The Network: Towards Unity for Health is a global consortium of health professions schools committed to improving the education of health professionals with a focus on strategies that improve responsiveness to the needs of communities. EfH is dedicated to the dissemination of scholarship that reflects the Network’s mission and goals, goals that FAIMER shares. FAIMER has provided financial support to EfH and two FAIMER staff members, Jack Boulet and Bill Burdick, are members of the EfH Editorial Board. EfH publishes “original contributions of interest to health and clinical practitioners, educators, policy makers, administrators, and learners in the health professions. Specifically this focus is on global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health and health care delivery.”

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2008 FAIMER Institute

(posted April 30, 2008; updated July 9, 2008, October 3, 2008, November 26, 2008)
FAIMER Institute Fellows, Philadelphia, October 5, 2008
Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia.
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Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 14 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 5, 2008, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2008 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program helps Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows were joined by returning Institute 2007 Fellows as they completed their final residential session. When the 2008 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2009 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The 2008 FAIMER Institute Fellows are:

María Bernadá, M.D., Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Elaine Bezerra, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ricardo Borda, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Suleyman Ayhan Caliskan, Ph.D., M.D., Ege Universitesi, Turkey

An Dao, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.D., Hanoi Medical University, Viet Nam

Sari Dewi, M.D., M.H.P.E., Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia

Coralie Therese Dimacali, M.D., University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

Irene Durante, M.D., M.B.A., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Jorge Garcia, M.Sh., Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Harpreet Kapoor, M.S., M.B.B.S., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Michan Malca, M.D., Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru

Dianne Manning, Ph.D., M.Ed., University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Henal Shah, M.B.B.S., D.P.M., M.D., Topiwala National Medical College, India

John Tumbo, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.C.F.P., University of Limpopo, South Africa

Eskinder Weldetensaye, M.D., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Zareen Zaidi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Foundation University Medical College, Pakistan

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SAFRI Session Held in Conjunction with South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Meeting, June 2008

(posted September 3, 2008; updated October 3, 2008)
SAAHE Meeting, June 2008 Image 1
Nigerian FAIMER Fellows in attendance at SAAHE, from left to right: Amam Mbakwem, Bosede Afolabi, Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, Christy Okoromah, Yinusa Raji, and Efosa Oviasu.

SAAHE Meeting, June 2008 Image 2
FAIMER Institute alumni and faculty, from left to right: Amam Mbakwem, Janet Grant, Efosa Oviasu, David Cameron, Juanita Bezuidenhout, Vanessa Burch, Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, Yinusa Raji, Bosede Afolabi, Enoch Kwizera, Page Morahan, Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde, Ben van Heerden, Marietjie van Rooyen, Christina Tan, Solomon Genet, Sarah Kiguli, Francois Cilliers, Jacqueline van Wyk, and Ara Tekian.

SAAHE Meeting, June 2008 Image 3
FAIMER Institute Alumni, Faculty, and SAFRI Fellows
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More than 20 FAIMER Institute alumni from five African countries (South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ethiopia) and four FAIMER faculty members (from the United States, United Kingdom, and Malaysia) joined the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows at the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) meeting of about 300 health professions educators at Stellenbosch University on June 19-21, 2008. A total of 22 posters and oral presentations were presented by 13 FAIMER alumni (indicated below in bold):

Bezuidenhout J, Young G. The odyssey of the critical professional. SAAHE 2008:52.

Burch V and FAIMER. Clinical practice intentions of African-trained medical students – a case study of 10 medical schools. SAHHE 2008:54

Cameron D. Breaking bad news – can the film, Wit, help students to reflect on the complexities of dying? SAAHE 2008:55.

Van Wyk JM, McKinley D, Burch V, Cameron D, Cilliers F. The effect of gender on physicians’ career intentions: a report from South Africa. SAAHE 2008:168.

Hugo JFM, van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D. Mentoring consultation skills through a structured assessment. SAAHE 2008:73.

Blitz JJ, Cameron D, van Rooyen M, Hugo JFM. Action learning for curriculum development. SAAHE 2008:127.

van Rooyen M, Blitz JJ, Cameron D, Hugo JFM. Student behaviour informs learning opportunities: HIV exposure incidents. SAAHE 2008:165.

Cilliers FJ, Adendorff HJ, Bitzer EM, Herman N, Schuwirth LWT, van der Vleuten CPM. Assessment impacts on learning, you say? Please explain how. SAAHE 2008:58.

Cameron NA, van Heerden BB, Cilliers FJ, van Zyl ME. Medical student electives: how do they compare with other learning opportunities? SAAHE 2008:128.

deVilliers MR, van Heusden M, van Heerden B. Evaluation of the clinical progress interventions for medical students not demonstrating academic progress. SAAHE 2008:60.

Louw AJN, Gerber MF, Meyer CJ, Strijdom JG, Cameron N, Beukes S, van Heerden BB, van Heusden M. New interdisciplinary foundation phase for health sciences at Stellenbosch University. SAAHE 2008:81.

van Heerden BB, Aldrich CA, du Plessis SA, Jemwa GT, de Jager R, Louw AJN. Predicting student success in the first year of a medical curriculum using neural network analysis. SAAHE 2008:111.

Wilson van Aarde NW, Bouhuijs P, Conradie HH, Rueter H, van Heerden BB, Marais BJ. Perceived educational value of a rural clinical rotation for medical students. SAAHE 2008:114.

Higgins-Opitz SB, McLean M, van Wyk J, Moodley K, Naidoo SS. Final year medical students: perceptions of the practice of medicine. SAAHE 2008:72.

Kwizera EN. Post-graduate training preferences of Walter Sisulu University medical graduates. SAAHE 2008:78.

Garcia-Jardon ME, Blanco-Blanco EV, Kwizera EN, Stepien A, Vasaikar S. Correlation between continuous assessment, final exam and final mark for MB ChB at Walter Sisulu University. SAAHE 2008:135.

Kiguli SK. Addressing the gaps in paediatrics clinical clerkship through south to south collaboration. SAAHE 2008:142.

Kiguli-Malwadde EK. Learning radiology in the problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University. SAAHE 2008:143.

Mbakwem AC, Oke DA, Ajuluchukwu JNA, Amadi CA, Adanijo MO, Ajoku N. Assessment of medical students’ attitude to the introduction of communication and counseling skills training. SAAHE 2008:146.

Oviasu E, Omeumu CE. Clinical skills evaluation in a resource constrained Nigerian environment. SAAHE 2008:155.

Raji Y, Ajani RS, Shittu OI. Admission scores and students’ performance in preclinical examinations. SAAHE 2008:161.

van Rooyen M. Prof, I’m tired and stressed! SAAHE 2008:167.

In addition, 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Christina Tan, M.B.B.S., was invited by the SAAHE Organising Committee to deliver one of the plenary lectures, entitled "Assessing the Assessors." The following comments from 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos, illustrate the usefulness of FAIMER’s support in advancing the field of health professions education: “The meeting in South Africa was quite rich in content. For me there was a deepening of some of the concepts which are quite new for those of us not so versed in medical education. The mix of international speakers allowed one to see the two sides of the coin on some of the burning issues in training or assessment methods and then pitch your tent when you decide on what makes sense to you and will work in your environment. I presented a part of my project and … had interesting comments and questions from other participants. I hope to develop the manuscript and come along with it during our second session to get some more comments. Also, contacts and links to other health educators in South Africa and likelihood of collaborative work were made. Also we gleaned some information as to how SAFRI was being run which we could piggy-back on when WAFRI [West Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute] takes off. There is also the social aspect to it. It was so nice meeting the South African FAIMER fellows again. Also I could put faces to some of the listserv contributors from that region.”

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6th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference: February 19-22, 2009

(posted September 10, 2008)

Following the success of the past five Asia Pacific Medical Education Conferences (APMEC), the Medical Education Unit of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, will once again organize and host the next meeting, the 6th APMEC, from February 19-22, 2009 at the LT 27 (Lim Seng Tjoe Lecture Theatre) National University of Singapore, Singapore.

The theme for the 6th APMEC is “Energizing the Educational Mission of Medical Schools: Trends, Issues, Priorities, Strategies.” APMEC expects more than 450 medical educators, teachers, and health administrators in the Asia Pacific region and beyond to attend the conference.

There will be a specially organized FAIMER Forum at the meeting on February 21, 2009. FAIMER Institute alumni, Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), and Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004) will be participating in this forum entitled “Developing the Field of Medical Education in India.”

Visit the APMEC website for more details.

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2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted July 31, 2008)
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Image 1
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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
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FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned four years old in June 2008, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India once again welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back Fellows from the 2007 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their proposals for education innovation projects, which were further developed and refined with the help of local and international faculty. 2008 Fellows also benefited from the project development experiences of the 2007 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, scholarship, teamwork, conflict management, and time-management skills. The Fellows’ collaborative learning now continues in the intersession as the two groups and members of the faculty are providing mutual support and assistance while further developing projects, research, scholarship, and learning through a listserv and on-line discussion groups.


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International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Curricula of Undergraduate Medical Education: November 7-9, 2008

(posted July 28, 2008)

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in collaboration with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), is hosting an International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Curricula of Undergraduate Medical Education. The Congress will take place November 7-9, 2008, on Kish Island, Islamic Republic of Iran. Themes will include: practical tips and guidelines regarding global reports of the implementation of the WFME standards; content of curricula and curriculum outcomes; teaching and learning methods; integrated curriculum models; assessment methods; organization of curriculum content; curriculum management; linkage of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula; and curriculum evaluation. Practical workshops will also be held on topics such as curriculum integration; program evaluation; accreditation in undergraduate medical education; distance learning; and assessment of students in undergraduate medical education.

The organizers of the Congress have invited many international experts to discuss practical issues on medical education in a friendly and open atmosphere, in the hopes of developing collaborative networks aimed at improving the quality of medical education throughout the world. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2008. For more information, visit the conference website.

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6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences: October 15-16, 2008

(posted July 24, 2008)

The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS) will take place October 15-16, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference, organized in conjunction with the University of Malaya, is “PBL: Challenges and Opportunities.” A pre-conference workshop will be held October 13-14, focused on PBL case design, student assessment methods, and the use of portfolios as learning and assessment tools.

2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., will present a plenary session titled “Assessment – An Education Tool” on October 15. Dr. Burch is a FAIMER Institute faculty member and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute. 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Christina Tan, M.B.B.S., will lead a symposium titled “Innovation in Early Clinical Exposure” on October 16. Dr. Tan is a Global Faculty Advisor for the FAIMER Institute. Drs. Burch and Tan, along with 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Si Mui (Debra) Sim, Ph.D., will also be facilitating pre-conference workshops on October 13-14.

Dr. Sim and Dr. Tan are Co-Chairperson and Secretary, respectively, of the conference’s Organising Committee and, along with 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow Nor Azila Mohd Adnan, Ph.D., currently serve on the APA-PHS Executive Committee. For more information on the conference, visit the APA-PHS website.

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Call for Research Proposals: Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Human Resources for Health Department, World Health Organization

(posted July 24, 2008)

A call for research proposals focused on incentives to attract and retain qualified health workers to underserved areas within low and middle income countries has been issued by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and the Human Resources for Health Department of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) is an international collaboration, based at WHO headquarters in Geneva, which aims to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research as a means to improve the health systems of developing countries. The Human Resources for Health Department at WHO helps build and strengthen stewardship capacity to develop and implement health workforce policies, strengthens institutional capacity to develop and ensure quality and adequate quantity of health workforce production, and manages knowledge regarding health workforce development.

The Alliance for HPSR and WHO are eager to support pragmatic and policy-oriented research that addresses gaps in the existing evidence base. This call for proposals is open both to studies that aim to understand better the factors behind health workers’ choice of practice location as well as studies that aim to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of interventions to encourage health workers to work in underserved areas. Evaluations that assess the impact of interventions addressing health worker location could examine outcomes in terms of health worker density, but also quality and service coverage.

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 12, 2008. For more information, visit the website of the Alliance for HPSR.

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2008 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted April 10, 2008; updated April 30, 2008, May 16, 2008)

A new class of 16 Fellows attended the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore, India, April 16-21, 2008. They were joined for the final two days of their program by the returning class of 2007, who participated in their second residential session April 20-23. This occasion marked the successful completion of the first joint session for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, which was launched last year.

The 2008 Fellows spent much of the first several days developing education innovation project plans, which they presented during the intersecting period in small groups made up of Fellows from both classes and members of the Institute faculty. The 2007 Fellows then had an opportunity to present posters detailing the progress they have made on the projects that they launched a year ago. The two classes will continue to build their newly expanded professional networks with on-line discussions using FAIMER’s Mentoring and Learning Web.

Director Thomas Chacko, M.B.B.S., M.D., was joined in presenting the Institute by an able team of local faculty and staff at PSG, visiting Indian faculty comprised of former FAIMER Fellows, and international faculty from the United States and the United Kingdom.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Ashwini Appaji, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Shital Bhandary, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal

Komaladevi Sampath Damodar, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, India

Mangala Charana Das, NRI Medical College, India

Anthony David, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, India

Amol Donge, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Animesh Jain, Kasturba Medical College, India

Feroze Kaliyadan, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Gopalakrishnan Muhammad, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Chitra Nagaraj, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Kathamuthu Padmavathy, AIMST University, Malaysia

Baranitharan Ramamoothy, PSG College of Physiotherapy, India

Logeswari Selvaraj, Theni Medical College, India

Sundarakumar Sundarajan, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Satish Sylvester, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India

Nirmala Thangavelu, PSG College of Nursing, India

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University of Copenhagen and FAIMER Sign Data Sharing Agreement

(posted May 16, 2008)

At the direction of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in partnership with the World Federation for Medical Education, FAIMER, and other international organizations, the University of Copenhagen is building an electronic directory that will be a successor to WHO’s World Directory of Medical Schools. This new resource has been named the Avicenna Directories, after the 11th century physician-philosopher ibn Sina. The goal of the Avicenna Directories is to provide “an up-to-date, accessible, electronic world list of education institutions for health professions” including details about their educational programs, resources, quality assurance, and contact information. FAIMER is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Avicenna Directories. To support this endeavor, FAIMER and the University of Copenhagen have agreed to share health professions education data between their respective directories. As a result, this agreement enriches both the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and the Avicenna Directories.

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Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Named Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town

(posted May 16, 2008)

FAIMER Institute faculty member Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., has been named Professor and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

A 2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Burch has been a member of the FAIMER Institute faculty since 2005. Prior to joining the faculty, she spent two years as a Global Faculty Advisor. She also serves as Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, which began in February of this year.

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April 2008 Issue of Education for Health

(posted May 12, 2008)

The April 2008 issue of Education for Health (Volume 21, Issue 1) is now available on the journal’s website. In this issue, a brief communication entitled, "An Example of Program Evaluation Project in Undergraduate Medical Education" was co-authored by several faculty members from the Medical Education Department at Dokuz Eylul University School of Medicine in Turkey, including 2002 IFME Fellow Berna Musal and 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Huseyin Cahit Taskiran.

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13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence

(posted April 10, 2008; updated May 6, 2008)

The 13th Ottawa International Conference on Clinical Competence was held March 5-8, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. Australians, famous for their ubiquitous slang, call their country “Oz,” and therefore this conference has from the initial planning stages affectionately been referred to as “Ozzawa.” Melbourne, pronounced “Mel-bin” by the locals, is the capital of the state of Victoria and is situated on the picturesque tree-lined banks of the Yarra River. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city with a unique balance of graceful old and new architecture surrounded by parks and gardens.

The conference was organized by three overarching and interacting themes: The Life of the Patient, The Life of the Professional, and The Life of the Program. The scientific program was large and varied, and included six renowned invited speakers, 17 pre-conference workshops, more than 450 oral presentations, 26 symposia, 29 workshops, and 300 posters.

FAIMER was well represented at the conference. Dr. John Norcini presented a short communication overview of an assessment of FAIMER education programs entitled Evaluation of an International Education Leadership Fellowship Program and participated as a speaker in two symposia: Reporting the UK Foundation Assessment Programme and Novel Assessments and Services for Medical Schools, Students and Professionals: A Perspective from Several Organizations. Dr. Norcini also co-conducted two workshops: Mini-CEX – How it Works in Surgery? Is it a General Method for Work Based Assessment? and Medical Education Databases. Dr. John Boulet presented a full-length paper entitled Setting Performance Standards for Mannequin-Based Acute-Care Scenarios: An Examinee Centered Approach. FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) organized a symposium entitled International Recognition and Accreditation of Medical Schools’ Programmes. As part of this symposium, Marta van Zanten presented on Gathering Accreditation Data: The FAIMER Directory of Organizations that Recognize / Accredit Medical Schools. Dr. Norcini moderated this symposium, which also contained presentations by WFME, the Australian Medical Council, and Harbin Medical University in China.

In addition to these presentations by FAIMER staff, Mobeen Iqbal, FAIMER Institute class of 2007, of Shifa College of Medicine in Pakistan, gave two presentations, Medical Students’ Perceptions of Teaching Evaluations and Health Related Quality of Life in a Pakistan Medical School; and Enoch Kwizera, FAIMER Institute class of 2007, of Walter Sisulu University in South Africa, co-authored the poster Evaluating Students’ Generic Learning Skills Early in their Undergraduate Careers – Valuable for Course Organisers?.

The "Ozzawa" conference, the first Ottawa conference to be hosted in Australia, was an excellent opportunity for FAIMER to present its work to an international audience. Additional information can be found on the conference website.

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health to Hold International Conference in Chia-Bogotá, Colombia, September 27 - October 2, 2008

(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)

The 2008 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health will be held in Chia-Bogotá, Colombia, from September 27 to October 2, 2008, in cooperation with the Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia. The theme of the conference is “Adapting Health Services and Health Professions Education to Local Needs: Partnerships, Priorities and Passions.” The Network states that the primary goal of the conference is to analyze and discuss how health systems, services, and health professions education adapt and readapt to the local needs of populations according to the historical, political, and cultural influences they receive over time.

The Network invites abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the field, as well as proposals for mini-workshops and/or didactic sessions. The deadline for abstracts and proposals is June 1, 2008. For detailed information on the 2008 conference, visit www.the-networktufh.org/conference/.

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2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted February 22, 2008; updated April 30, 2008)
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Fellows and faculty of the 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
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On January 16, 2008, the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) welcomed a new class of 16 Fellows at the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Fellows learned about a variety of teaching techniques for medical education such as the one-minute preceptor (OMP) and the mini clinical examination (mini-CEX) and worked extensively with faculty advisors on their own curriculum innovation projects. After an intensive four days, they were joined by the returning class of 2007 Fellows for a two-day combined program. The two classes converged with Mentor-Learning Web assignments and celebrated their new relationships by exchanging co-mentoring bracelets. The 2008 class presented their project plans followed by the 2007 group’s poster presentations on their completed projects. When the 2008 Fellows returned to their home institutions to begin implementing their projects, the 2007 class remained for an additional two-day program to further their knowledge and skills in research, scholarship, and sustaining change.

The hard work of participants was interspersed with a varied program of social and recreational activities. Highlights included a bonfire dinner with traditional dancers in glorious costumes providing entertainment, a day trip to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and the sunset ceremony at the Indian-Pakistani border. Fellows and faculty alike will have wonderful memories of these experiences.

Director Dr. Tejinder Singh was ably assisted in the organization and presentation of the institute by a talented team of local faculty at CMCL, including Drs. Dinesh Badyal, Jugesh Chhatwal, Harpreet Kapoor, Gagandeep Kwatra, and Sheena Singh. They were joined by a number of visiting Indian and international faculty, as well as a guest observer from Bangladesh, Dr. Anwarul Azim of the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College in Dhaka.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.P. Shah Medical College, India

Sattar M. Bhatti, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Anurag Chaudhary, Dayanand Medical College, India

Kalyan Goswami, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Maya Arun Jamkar, B.J. Medical College, Pune, India

Navneet Kaur, University College of Medical Sciences, India

Manjit Mohi, Government Medical College, Patiala, India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh, India

Praveen R. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

Suman P. Singh, Pramukhswami Medical College, India

A.M. Siraj, Melaka Manipal Medical College, India

S. Sitalakshmi, St. John’s Medical College, India

Bharathi Subramaniam, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, India

Gadicherla Suman, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Bharti Uppal, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

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FAIMER Regional Institute Applications

(posted September 14, 2007; updated November 13, 2007, November 19, 2007, November 28, 2007, December 12, 2007, December 20, 2007, April 30, 2008)

Applications for the FAIMER Regional Institutes are available on the FAIMER website. Interested applicants may apply for any of the Regional Institutes during their respective open application periods. The on-line application for the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute will be available from June 15 to October 15, 2008. This on-line application process assigns applicants a user ID, enabling them to save and return to a partially completed application; check the status of a submitted application; update a previous application for another submission; and perform other application management functions.

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2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted February 22, 2008; updated March 7, 2008, March 17, 2008, April 30, 2008)
Fllows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
Fellows and faculty of the 2008 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute
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The newest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes, the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was launched in mid-February. SAFRI, FAIMER’s first regional initiative on the continent of Africa, is piloting a program configuration that includes three residential contact sessions over the course of the two-year fellowship. The second residential session will take place in June of this year, and the third will take place in March 2009. In addition to participants from medical schools, the inaugural SAFRI class includes representatives from schools of physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, public health, and laboratory sciences. Two of the Fellows are from Uganda and one is from Zambia, with the rest from South Africa. The same interactive teaching methods used at other Regional Institutes were used in South Africa, with great success. Faculty at the February session of SAFRI included seven FAIMER Fellows. Five additional FAIMER Fellows will participate as faculty at the June session.

The following is a list of participating SAFRI Fellows:

Gerda Botha, University of Limpopo, South Africa

François de Villiers, University of Limpopo, South Africa

Wilma de Witt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Christian Ezeala, Kampala International University, Uganda

Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Alwyn Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Lastina Lwatula, Ministry of Health, Zambia

Samuel Maling, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda

Karien Mostert, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Gloria Mtshali, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Nirmala Naidoo, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Franciscus Peters, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Glynis Pickworth, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Saraswathi Singaram, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Anna Voce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Firdouza Waggie, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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New AMEE Guide Series

(posted April 23, 2008)

Ronald M. Harden, M.D., General Secretary of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), recently announced the launch of a new AMEE Guide Series. Dr. Harden is also Editor of Medical Teacher and Director of Education for the International Virtual Medical School.

This new series currently has two publications: one on peer-assisted learning by Michael Ross and Helen Cameron (Medical Teacher, 2007, 29: 527-545) and the other on work-based assessment by John Norcini, Ph.D., President and CEO of FAIMER; and Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., core faculty member of the FAIMER Institute and 2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow (Medical Teacher, 2007: 855-871). To access the new guide series, click here.

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2008 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted January 9, 2008; updated March 17, 2008)

Twenty-five new Fellows were added to the ranks of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, as the second year of the program got underway. When last year’s Fellows returned to work with the new Fellows, the assembled group of 50 became the largest FAIMER Regional Institute overlap session to date. An educator from the medical school in Angola was funded by the Ministry of Health to observe the program. Feedback from participants, as well as local and international faculty, indicates that the three-week program was a tremendous success. During the overlap period, one day was devoted to a National Medical Education (NME) event, which strategically focused on collaboration between the Association of Brazilian Medical Schools (ABEM), the Ministry of Health, and the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute.

The following is a list of participating 2008 Fellows:

Cláudia Márcia Barreto, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Vera Therezinha Medeiros Borges, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Izabel Cristina Meister Coelho, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Paulo José Medeiros de Sousa Costa, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Carla Rosane Ouriques Couto, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Paraíba , Brazil

Lucélio Bernardes Couto, Universidade de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rosa Malena Delbone de Faria, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Maria José Salles de Farias, Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil

Luiz Roberto de Oliveira, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria Viviane de Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil

Patricia Tempski Fiedler, Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Brazil

Vera Lúcia Garcia, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Suely Grosseman, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Marina Romanello Joaquim, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Alberto Lazarini, Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, Brazil

Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Francisco das Chagas Medeiros, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Edna Regina Pereira, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil

Valéria Góes Ferreira Pinheiro, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Mariangela Cainelli de Oliveira Prado, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil

Marcelo da Silva Sechinato, Faculdade de Medicina de Itajubá, Brazil

Valquiria de Lima Soares, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Brazil

Luiz Fernando Farah Tofoli, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Maria José Pereira Vilar, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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CMCL Hosts First Regional Institute Faculty Development Workshop

(posted February 22, 2008)
Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Faculty development workshop participants at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
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In August 2007, the Directors and key faculty members of FAIMER’s five Regional Institutes came together in Philadelphia for the first time for a five-day Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) program that included strategic planning activities and teaching skills development sessions. One of the outcomes of this meeting was a decision and an action plan to provide further faculty development opportunities in the regions. The first realization of this goal took place in December 2007 at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL) in India.

Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, Tejinder Singh, and his team initially planned a one-day workshop to provide opportunities for teaching practice and constructive feedback to session presenters from the faculties of any of the FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. However, the idea generated so much interest that the format was expanded to give other faculty who had not previously been exposed to a FAIMER program an opportunity to participate. A total of 33 faculty members from six medical schools enrolled in the workshop, 11 of whom presented teaching practice sessions on topics from the regional institute curriculum over the course of two days.

Throughout the sessions, presenters made deliberate attempts to showcase a number of adult learning principles and interactive teaching techniques. Methods employed included a variety of discussions, role-plays, and group work formats. The scope of the feedback covered not only the presentation skills of the session leader but also the syllabus, reading materials, and visual aids that accompanied the presentation.

Director Tejinder Singh commented that he was particularly impressed by the superb time management that characterized the execution of the program, as it finished exactly on time at the end of the second day. According to Tejinder, this remarkable achievement had nothing to do with the planned shopping excursion immediately following the workshop. The event was such a great success that CMCL is already planning an encore faculty development workshop for the spring of 2008.

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In the Spotlight: Thomas Jefferson University and FAIMER Sign Memorandum of Understanding

(posted February 22, 2008)

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and FAIMER have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an academic partnership. According to the Memorandum, which was signed in December 2007, the “purpose of this Affiliation is to formalize the Parties’ mutual commitment to engage in projects focused on faculty development, undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education of physicians, research in medical education, and the creation of better systems of health care delivery and community practice.”

There are many types of collaborative activities that might evolve from this affiliation. For example, members of the Jefferson community, both faculty and students, are interested in creating more opportunities for international education and service. FAIMER Fellows can assist Jefferson in this endeavor by identifying opportunities and contacts within their home countries and serving as faculty for visiting Jefferson students. For FAIMER Fellows in many countries, one of the greatest obstacles to advancing their educational scholarship is the inability to access the health professions education literature. The opportunity for Fellows to receive faculty appointments at Jefferson would mean that they would be able to access the library resources of a first-rate U.S. health sciences university.

This exciting partnership opens up many possibilities for health professions educators both in the United States and abroad.

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Classes of 2006 and 2007 Gather at 2007 FAIMER Institute

(posted February 13, 2008)

Sixteen 2007 Fellows and 14 2006 Fellows came to Philadelphia in October for the 2007 FAIMER Institute. Fellows came from 15 countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, representing 25 health professions schools. Highlights of the Institute included the poster session presentations of 2006 Fellows’ education innovation projects and presentations by International Medical Education Day guest speakers Ruth Levine, Ph.D., Arthur Kaufman, M.D., and Francisco Campos, M.D.

To see photos from the 2007 Institute, click here.

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FAIMER Collaborates with All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Others for National Conference on Medical Education

(January 11, 2008; updated February 22, 2008)

The following is an Executive Summary of the National Conference on Medical Education authored by the conference’s organizing chairperson and 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D.

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The National Conference on Medical Education (NCME 2007) was held November 15-17, 2007 in New Delhi, India. Centered on the theme, “Building Capacity in Medical Education – A National Perspective,” NCME 2007 was organized by the KL Wig Centre for Medical Education and Technology (CMET) at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in collaboration with FAIMER. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO India, Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Science and Technology, and the Medical Council of India also supported this event.

Rita Sood, M.B.B.S., M.D., a 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow from New Delhi, India was the organizing chairperson for the conference. Dr. Sood is a faculty member for all three FAIMER Regional Institutes in India. She is a Professor of Medicine and Professor In-charge of CMET at AIIMS.

The purpose of NCME 2007 was to bring together key stakeholders in medical education in India to deliberate on the issue of faculty development and to chart a road map for the future. The conference was attended by about 130 medical educators from across India, including faculty members, Deans and Principals from various medical colleges in the country; Vice-chancellors of health sciences universities; representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Council of India; and international delegates from South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Malaysia. Conference faculty included FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institute faculty members as well as other eminent national and international experts in medical education.

The conference was directed to highlight the emerging content areas and global trends in faculty development in medical education; bring out the strengths of faculty development in India; initiate the formation of a national network of medical educators to facilitate sharing of innovations in medical education; and plan the mechanics of faculty development in medical education in India.

Prior to the start of the conference, FAIMER faculty also convened four pre-conference workshops focused on: educational research and scholarship development; use of distance learning in faculty development; faculty development in performance-based assessment; and educational leadership in change management.

Deliberations of the conference consisted of panel discussions, interactive poster sessions, and small group interactive sessions on appreciative inquiry, brainstorming, affinity mapping, and multi-voting.

Throughout the conference, delegates showed very active and enthusiastic participation and sustained interest. The deliberations brought out the need to strengthen faculty development as a vehicle for promoting quality medical education in India. The following is a summary of the themes that emerged:

The highlight of the conference was the formation of five special interest groups to take forward the ideas that emerged during the conference. As a road map for future action, the participants identified several interventions out of which the top five were prioritized. These were:

  1. Networking through a website
  2. Development of standards for medical education units
  3. Construction of national faculty development programs in education
  4. Formation of a national organization for medical educators
  5. Development of a national body for the accreditation of medical educators

Conference participants divided themselves into one of these five special interest groups. These groups then worked together, selected a coordinator, and developed short- and long-term plans that included objectives, activities, timelines, challenges, and opportunities. The groups continue to work together on-line and are in the process of refining their plans. To follow the progress of the working groups, visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in India formed by meeting participants at http://groups.google.com/group/meu_india?hl=en.

Conference participants gave tremendous positive feedback and reported that they found the workshops and the format of the conference very engaging and conducive to the sharing of ideas. They appreciated the initiative of the Centre for Medical Education & Technology at AIIMS in organizing this conference and expressed the need to have such national meetings on a regular basis for meaningful interactions, sharing ideas in medical education, and updating their knowledge about developments in the field of medical education.

Dr. Sood and her team at AIIMS express their sincere thanks to FAIMER for its wholehearted support and encouragement of this National Conference on Building Capacity in Medical Education. They look forward to continued support and encouragement from FAIMER in taking forward the cause of medical education in India.

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Current Issue of Education for Health Focuses on Poverty and Human Development

(posted January 11, 2008)

The current issue of The Network: TUFH journal Education for Health, Volume 20, Issue 3 (November 2007), is now available. This marks the third free on-line issue since the journal became electronic in May 2007. The current issue focuses on poverty and human development and includes an article by FAIMER staff members William P. Burdick M.D., M.S.Ed., Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; Page S. Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute; and John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; as well as an article by 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow Charles A. Mkony.

To view the entire issue, click here.

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2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute to Begin on January 16

(posted January 11, 2008)

The 2008 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute will begin on January 16, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The following individuals have been chosen to participate:

Sheikh Sajjad Ahmed, M.D.
Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
India

Sukhlecha Anupam, M.D.
M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar
India

Sattar M. Bhatti, M.S.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Anurag Chaudhary, M.D.
Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Kalyan Goswami, M.D.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha
India

Maya Arun Jamkar, M.D.
B.J. Medial College, Pune
India

Navneet Kaur, M.S.
University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
India

Manjit Mohi, M.D.
Government Medical College, Patiala
India

Syed Ziaur Rahman, M.D.
J.N. Medical College, Aligarh
India

Praveen R. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

Suman P. Singh, M.D.
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
India

A.M. Siraj, M.D.
Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal
India

S. Sitalakshmi, M.D.
St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharathi Subramaniam, M.D.
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok
India

Gadicherla Suman, M.D.
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore
India

Bharti Uppal, M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

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First National Conference on Medical Education Held at All India Institute for Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

(posted December 17, 2007; updated January 11, 2008)

One hundred thirty medical educators participated in the first National Conference on Medical Education, held at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in Delhi November 15-17. The meeting, which was sponsored by FAIMER and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, focused on faculty development. Participants included representatives of the Ministry, the Medical Council of India, several Vice Chancellors and Deans, faculty from Indian medical schools, FAIMER staff, and over fifteen FAIMER Fellows. Meeting attendees created five working groups for further development of the field of medical education in India. These groups are working on: 1) formation of a national organization of medical educators, 2) development of a national body for accreditation of medical educators, 3) creation of communication tools for educators, 4) development of standards for medical education units, and 5) construction of national faculty development programs in education. Those interested in following the progress of the working groups can visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in India formed by meeting participants.

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Deadline for Applications to the FAIMER Institute Extended to January 18

(posted January 2, 2008)

The deadline for applications to the FAIMER Institute has been extended to January 18. Health professions educators from all fields, including medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy schools, are encouraged to apply.

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[last update: March 3, 2009]